UT System Issues New Statement Regarding Chavez, Jr.-Lee Bout


POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 7:06pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:26am

The University of Texas System issued the following statement today (April 24) regarding the determination that the Sun Bowl on the UT El Paso Campus is not the appropriate venue for the Chavez, Jr., and Lee professional boxing match.

“A specific event risk assessment was performed and the conclusion was that the risk was higher than normal. Based on this assessment, the decision was made that the university and Sun Bowl would not be an appropriate venue for this specific event.

The decision was not made by the UT System Board of Regents. It was made by University of Texas System Administration officials.

Furthermore, this decision should not be generalized to other events at UTEP or other UT institution facilities. If there was an elevated risk determination associated with any event hosted by the other 14 UT institutions, the same decision would have been made.”

For information or to voice your concerns about this cancellation, please email the University of Texas system at: u.t.systemfeedback@utsystem.edu

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I have also sent an e-mail voicing my discontent, below is a copy. Thank you.

To whom it may concern: This e-mail is being sent in regards to above referenced decision carried on by the administration of the U.T. System. Please be advised that for the second straight year, El Paso, TX has been named the safest city (over 500,000 population) in the United States. Your decision was erroneous and wrong. Please reconsider your action which is only hurting our beautiful City. Thank you for your attention to this concern.

José Gómez

I e-mailed the UT systems because I'm upset of this decision, now i just hope they actually read my e-mail and chnage their decision and have the fight in El Paso

First, why did it take so long to do a risk assessment when they have known for some time that this sporting event was going to take place? Are risk assessments done for all events, including the UTEP football games?

I thought it was very unprofessional of the UT Systems Administration officials to let UTEP officials and the Boxing promoters know, the day of the press conference that there was a risk issue. Why weren't UTEP and Boxing promoters told earlier?

I'm sure if there was a risk issue, Dr. Natalicio and UTEP administrative officials would have been quick to say NO to the event. So why are officials 500 miles away making the decision. A decision that just doesn't affect the event itself, but all the economic benefit the city of El Paso would have been able to take in!

Another decision made by officials hundreds of miles away that affect our city.

I know none of the official will go on record, but as I like to say..."Man-Up"and tell us what led to this decision!!

As far as I'm concerned, an unprofessional, cowardly decision!!!

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